Free Agents to Target Key
Acquire: Players you should target to add to your team immediately.
Look to Acquire: Players you should consider adding if you have a need at the position, are looking to build depth or have the available roster space to block other owners from capitalizing on building the talent on their team.
Watch List: Players you should keep an eye on based off current trends or developing situations.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans - Schaub (concussion) is expected to practice this week in preparation of being the team's starter for Houston's Week 11 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. He would come off two weeks of rest to face an opponent that is allowing more than 279 yards passing and 1.50 touchdowns per game to the position over the last four weeks. Schaub hasn't thrown a touchdown since Week 4 but could receive some added help in the offense this week if wide receiver Andre Johnson (knee) returns as expected. Schaub has a strong play matchup this week and is available in 63 percent of casual leagues and 45 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals - Warner threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns against the Detroit Lions last week while leading the Cardinals to their first win in six weeks. Quarterback Tim Rattay stole a touchdown pass from Warner after spelling him for one play inside the 5-yard line. Warner faces a Cincinnati Bengals team that is allowing more than 250 yards passing and 1.50 touchdowns per game to the position over the last four weeks. Warner could see some more favorable matchups in the near future when the team faces the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns in the next two games. He is available in 76 percent of casual and 25 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Quarterbacks: Watch List
Kyle Boller, Baltimore Ravens - The book on quarterback Steve McNair might be officially closed after Boller replaced the aging veteran for the second consecutive game. McNair continued to show that he has about as much elusiveness as former Rams quarterback Jim Everett as he was sacked twice and lost two fumbles. Boller replaced him and was more efficient in leading the offense to its only touchdown drive of the game. Boller isn't a huge upgrade over McNair, but he does have some mobility and a strong arm to make plays downfield. His matches up as a weak play against Cleveland in Week 11. Boller's schedule doesn't get any easier after this week with the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots waiting, but if he becomes the Ravens' starter he could be worth adding. Boller is available in 99 percent of casual and 95 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Running Backs: Acquire
Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Graham returns to action this week after taking the team's Bye week to cool off after his hot performance in Week 9. He put together his best game of his short career by carrying the ball 34 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. Graham could see the backfield become a little more crowded this week as running back Michael Pittman (ankle) is slated to return and will more than likely share carries. Pittman is not expected to take over the starting role right away as he will likely see a minimal amount of work with Graham's recent performance. Graham is still worth owning and is available in 20 percent of casual and 5 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers - Grant defied the odds last week by rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings, who have one of the best run defenses in the league. The 100-yard effort was his second in three games since being named the team's starter in Week 8, and he showed no ill effects of the concussion he suffered in Week 9. Grant faces a favorable matchup this week against the Carolina Panthers, who are allowing more than 100 yards and more than one touchdown per game to the position over the last four weeks. Grant is available in 81 percent of casual and 14 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Jesse Chatman, Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins showed that they have no doubts about Chatman's ability to be their starting running back. In his second game as starter after running back Ronnie Brown (knee) was placed on Injured Reserve before Week 8, Chatman carried the ball 27 times for 124 yards and added five receptions for 25 yards. He faces a Philadelphia Eagles team that is allowing more than 100 yards on the ground and more than 40 yards through the air to the position over the last four weeks. Chatman is available in 56 percent of casual and 9 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Justin Fargas, Oakland Raiders - Fargas carried the ball 23 times for 81 yards in his first start this season since being declared the starter before Week 10. Running back LaMont Jordan watched the game from the sidelines, and running back Dominic Rhodes had just one carry. Fargas also lost a key fumble in the game, but he is expected to remain the starter for the near future. Fargas has a favorable matchup this week against the Vikings, who are allowing an average of one touchdown to the position over the last four weeks and just allowed Ryan Grant to pile up 100 rushing yards. Fargas is available in 61 percent of casual and 7 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Selvin Young, Denver Broncos - Young made his second start of the season last week and put up some respectable numbers by carrying the ball 20 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. Running back Travis Henry (knee) has suffered through both knee and rib injuries this season that have forced him to miss two games. The NFL also has a decision to make regarding Henry's positive drug test. Henry's appeal is set to be heard on Nov. 16, and he could face a one-year suspension. Young would be the expected starter if Henry had to serve a suspension, and he is available in 67 percent of casual and 9 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Running Backs: Watch List
NEW - Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins - Williams was reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday, Nov. 14, after serving an 18-month suspension. The Dolphins are expected to have a two-week roster exemption to make the decision on whether to welcome him back. Williams should look to be acquired if room allows for it on fantasy benches. He is available in 1 percent of casual and 6 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Wide Receivers: Acquire
Javon Walker, Denver Broncos - Walker (knee) is hoping he can return for the Week 11 game. Walker has missed six games (seven weeks) after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Walker caught 19 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown in six games this year. He's a top-tier receiver when healthy, but that might not be the case since he might need microfracture surgery after the season. Walker should still be picked up and could easily be stashed until he returns. He's available in 47 percent of casual leagues and 42 percent of competitive leagues.
Deion Branch, Seattle Seahawks - Branch (foot) should be back in Week 11 after missing three games (four weeks) due to a sprained foot. After an abysmal start to the season, Branch was turning it up before he got hurt. He caught 20 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown in three games before getting hurt in the Pittsburgh game. Branch is in a high-powered offense that will pass often due to a struggling running game. He's available in 18 percent of the casual leagues and 14 percent of competitive leagues.
Wide Receivers: Watch List
Koren Robinson, Green Bay Packers - Robinson has received eight targets in two games since returning from suspension. He caught five passes for 65 yards in Week 10, and quarterback Brett Favre verbally petitioned for Robinson to be reinstated and reinserted into the offense. Although we're sure Favre would do that for any of his teammates, it hints that Favre wants to throw to him. K-Rob isn't worth adding yet, but if you want to take a chance he's available in 99 percent of casual leagues and 93 percent of competitive leagues.
NEW - Eddie Kennison, Kansas City Chiefs - Kennison returned to action last week after getting knocked out in Week 1 with a hamstring injury to make three catches for 34 yards. Last year Kennison hauled in 53 receptions for 860 yards and five touchdowns as the team's only consistent option at wide receiver. Kennison could stand to benefit from the presence of rookie wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and the team starting a strong-armed quarterback in Brodie Croyle. This week's matchup isn't a favorable one for Kennison or any of the Chiefs receivers for that matter and should remain on the bench. He is available in 87 percent of casual and 92 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Tight Ends: Acquire
Owen Daniels, Houston Texans - Daniels was dropped in a lot of leagues due to his Week 10 Bye. He has been a steady producer this year, but he has been unspectacular. He has 39 catches for 468 yards and no touchdowns. The team has been flooded with injuries to key players, and those players should be present in the Week 11 game. Daniels is available in 34 percent of casual leagues and 42 percent of competitive leagues.
Tight Ends: Look to Acquire
L.J. Smith, Philadelphia Eagles - Smith resurfaced on the fantasy map last week with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. He has been hampered by a hernia for much of the season and got off to a poor start to the year. Smith has been a productive tight end in the past, and if you have the roster space look to grab him. He's available in 65 percent of casual leagues and 76 percent of competitive leagues.
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta Falcons - Crumpler (knee, ankle) caught a touchdown in Week 10 after missing three weeks with various injuries. Crumpler is a former upper-echelon tight end that could still have some value. However, he's not worth picking up just yet because he has just 21 catches for 242 yards and two scores on the year. If you want to take a chance on him, he's available in 37 percent of casual leagues and 50 percent of competitive leagues.
Tight Ends: Watch List
Leonard Pope, Arizona Cardinals - Pope had a huge game in Week 10 with five catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns. He has four scores on the season, but he has only hauled in 14 passes for 147 yards on the year. Pope is someone to watch for now. If you're desperate, he's available in nearly all causal leagues and 95 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Tight Ends: One-Week Plays
NEW - Ben Utecht, Indianapolis Colts - The tight end position for the Colts has been missing their top target in Dallas Clark (concussion), and along with the loss of wide receiver Marvin Harrison (knee), the Colts passing game has been looking for other targets. Utecht was one of those targets last week pulling in three catches for 30 yards last week. If Clark misses any more time, Utecht will continue to get opportunities in the passing game. Utecht is available in 99 percent of casual and 97 percent of competitive leagues polled.
NEW - Bryan Fletcher, Indianapolis Colts - Fletcher caught eight receptions for 55 yards last week and was second on the team in receptions behind wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The loss of wide receivers Anthony Gonzalez (thumb) and Harrison (knee) has opened up the passing game for Fletcher who lined up as a receiver for the majority of the game. Fletcher has a strong play matchup and could see a significant amount of playing time if both receivers miss any more time. Fletcher is available in 99 percent of both casual and competitive leagues polled.
Place Kickers: Acquire
Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots - Gostkowski has seen his ownership fall in fantasy leagues in large part due to his lack of field goal attempts. He has only two field goal attempts in his last three games and is averaging 7.7 points over the last four weeks. The Patriots face an up-and-coming Buffalo Bills team that has used their defense to lead them to four straight wins. Gostkowski is an efficient kicker having missed only one all season and could see his attempts increase this week and into the next. He is available in 21 percent of casual and 9 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Place Kickers: One-Week Plays
Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns - Dawson didn't make the most of his chances last week missing his only opportunity in the game on a 52-yard field goal that would have won the game for the Browns. He is averaging close to two field goal attempts and 6.7 points per game over the last four weeks. Dawson faces a Baltimore Ravens defense that is allowing 14 points to the position over the last four weeks. Dawson has a strong play matchup and is available in 76 percent of casual and 45 percent of competitive leagues polled.
NEW - Olindo Mare, New Orleans Saints - Mare hasn't been the most consistent kicker there has ever been this season, missing 50 percent of his field goal attempts to this point. Despite his obvious failings at the position he does have a favorable matchup against a Houston Texans team that is allowing just over three field goal attempts per game and 12 points per game to the position over the last four weeks. Mare should be looked at as just a one-week play this week due to his strong play matchup. He is available in 91 percent of casual and 76 percent of competitive leagues polled.
Defensive Team/Special Teams: One-Week Plays
Cleveland Browns - The Browns defense is far from being one of the elite defenses in the league and some might wonder if Cleveland's worth playing at all. It is all about the matchup this week as they face the struggling Baltimore Ravens. Their quarterback situation is in shambles and the offense has managed only 14 points over the last two games. To go along with the Ravens offensive troubles, the Browns are averaging close to two sacks and one interception per game over the last four weeks. The Browns have a strong play matchup and are available in 99 percent of casual and 95 percent of competitive leagues polled.
About Richard Garcia
Garcia served as a managing editor for KFFL. Prior to his time with KFFL, Richard worked in managerial roles with both Frito-Lay Inc. and UPS. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and fulfilled his internship requirements with the Los Angeles Kings Hockey organization in 2001.
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